The Comeback Kid - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 Full Review


The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295

For those who missed out on our preview, this is what the new GeForce GTX 295 looks like. Unlike cards of old, the GeForce GTX 295 is mostly perforated so as to help keep it cool. It also features something NVIDIA calls "soft touch paint", which gives it a rubbery feel and matte look. Those who know a thing or two about cars will no doubt know that matte stickers are all the rage these days, especially on exotics. Could this is be where NVIDIA got their inspiration for soft touch paint from?

Feast your eyes on the new GeForce GTX 295. You can't really see it from here, but the soft touch paint lends the card a very classy look.

As you'll see later from our temperature reporting, the heatsink might not look like much, but it works. Also note the SLI connector, which makes Quad-SLI with two GeForce GTX 295 cards possible.

This is one power hungry card. It requires a 6-pin and 8-pin power connector for operation, and we recommend nothing less than a 550W PSU for stable and safe operation.